On Tuesday there was another special meeting. It was called to order by Mayor Teddy Preston.
The First reading of Ordinance 2014-04, “An Ordinance Relating to the Valuation and Taxation of Property within the City of Louisa”. The ordinance explains that there would be no increase and that it would be set the same as last year. Gloria Johnson made a motion to accept it and Brad Stark second it. All were in favor.
The Water and Sewer Budget for 2014-2015 was next on the agenda.
There were three representatives from Big Sandy Water, Inc. present.
BSW, Inc. manager Jimmy BlantonThe manager Jimmy Blanton and Board of Commissioners members Bill Harden and Charles Shocky.
Council member Brad Stark reminded everyone that BSW was there because the Council is wanting to raise what BSW pays by $0.15 per 1,000 gallons and want to know what their position is on the raise.
A study that was done showed that Louisa pays $4.08 per 1000 gallons to produce the water and that BSW is currently paying $2.68 per 1000 gallons.
"So you are not even paying what it costs us to produce the water according to the study that we had done," Stark said.
Blanton stated that he believed that Lawrence co. board members of Big Sandy Water, inc. Bill Harden and Charles Shocky. Both say BSW can buy the water cheaper elsewhere and told council members they didn't think the company should buy the water from Louisa. they were only two cents under by the study.
The discussion continued and both the council and the BSW members were standing firm on what they thought.
Blanton explained, "If we are going to agree on a raise then the majority of the members would have to agree to it." They agreed to a two cent raise because that is what the Kentucky Rural Water recommended."
Stark explained that he understood KRW to say that BSW buys around 33% of the potable water or the water that is actually sold and BSW should be accountable for the water loss that is needed to produce the water.
City Attorney Eldred "Bud" Adams explained that if you take the cost of chemicals, labor, water loss, and operations then the City's cost is $4.08 to produce the water. So if you add the $.15 it would still be below the cost the City is paying to produce the water.
Stark explained that according to the study that was provided a $.15 raise is more than fair.One of the commissioners stated that they could go buy water from other places like Paintsville.
Council member Gloria Johnson, right, looks over water budget items during special meeting. azer photo by Elizabeth MooreStark told them that was fine but if the BSW "does Paintsville the same way then they will eventually go bankrupt, too."
He went on to say that BSW wasn't even paying cost and that they were paying two cents under cost to the City for the water they are getting.
Blanton explained that he would call a special meeting to discuss this and would get back with the Council.
The gentlemen from BSW were excused and the Council continued to to discuss the Water and Sewer budget.
Council members discussed the amount of overtime that is received by plant operators and explained that there needs to be something done about it.
Waterworks director Dave Mcguire explained that he is already working on lowering that.
A motion to approve the budget with the changes made to the water budget by Stark and Gloria Johnson second it will all in favor.
It was getting late and the Sewer budget was not discussed.
A motion to ajorn was made by Stark and second Johnson with all in favor
Preston accepts burglary plea...
By Catrina Vargo
ShannonLouisa, KY -- Circuit Court Judge, Hon. John David Preston, handed down a sentence totaling 35 years for Harold Keith Shannon, 67, of Louisa, KY who was arrested June 13, 2014 and charged with multiple sex offenses involving a minor.
The charges against Shannon were 1st Degree Sodomy, Victim Under 12 years of Age, which was amended to 2nd Degree, Use of a Minor Under 16 in a Sex Performance, Promoting Sex Performance By Minor Under 16, Possession of Matter Portraying Sex Performance By Minor, and Unlawful Transaction With Minor
1st Degree Sex Act, which was amended to 2nd Degree.
Preston recommended a sentence of 35 years for said offenses.
Final sentencing for Shannon who pled guilty to charges, will be Oct. 10, at 10:00 am.
Accused Arsonist, Mary J. Howard, 64, of Paintsville, KY who was arrested April 24 2014 and charged with Arson 1st Degree, was scheduled for trial on February 2, 2015, and is due to report for court on January 9.
MusicRobert C. Music, 46, of Louisa, KY, who was arrested June 10, 2014, and charged with multiple offenses in two separate cases, was scheduled for trial on February 11, 2015 and is to report for court on January 9.
In the first case, Music is charged with Burglary 3rd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender. In a second case, Music is charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking (Shoplifting), Assault 3rd Degree, Fleeing/Evading Police 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree, 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine, Drug Paraphernalia (Buy/Possession), Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, Operating on Suspended/Revoked License, Failure to Maintain Required Insurance, Improper Registration, No/Expired Registration Plates, Failure to Register or Transfer Motor Vehicle, and Persistent Felony Offender.
other circuit court news...
BetznerCookSherry CookChristina Betzner, 44, changed plea to guilty on charge of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000) and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years, supervised probation, 5 years and other conditions and 45 days jail credit. Final sentencing Oct. 10.
Kenneth Cook, 25, was sentenced to 3 years with 69 days jail credit on charge of Theft By Unlawful Taking.
Sherry Cook, 43, pled guilty to charges of Complicity 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine, and was sentenced to 3 years supervised probation, diversion three years, 120 days home incarceration and other conditions. Final sentencing Oct. 10.
On the charge of Complicity Drug Paraphernalia, Buy/Possession, Cook was sentenced to time served.
SalyersCunninghamSpearsKayla M. Salyer, pled guilty to charge of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property (under $10,000) for which she was sentenced 2 1/2 years supervised probation, 5 years and other conditions, including 90 days home incarceration. On charge of
Complicity Receiving Stolen Property (under $500), Defendant was sentenced to 12 months and other conditions.
Christopher L. Cunningham, 32, pled not guilty on charges of Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking (shoplifting) and Persistent Felony Offender. Defendant was arraigned and a pre-trial conference set for October 10.
Frank Spears, 30, was denied a Motion to Amend Bond on two counts of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.
Other court cases were rescheduled for a later date.
Information provided by Lawrence County Circuit Court Clerk's Office
Louisa, KY -- The Lawrence County Fiscal Court met Monday, September 15, at 9:30 am in the Lawrence County Courthouse. The opening prayer was led by County Clerk, Chris Jobe, and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Fallsburg Vo. Fire Dept. member Paul Yates said there are some places where (radio) transmission is not available. "On Diamond Ridge you can get out some, but it's not working at all in Fuller Ridge"The meeting was then opened up by CountyJudge Executive John Osborne. The minutes of the August 18 meeting were read and approved, as was the reading of Amendment Budget #1, Treasurer's Request/Report and monthly bills.
The Lawrence County Conservation District Annual Financial Report was accepted and the Executive Order for Weather Emergency Levels was approved.
This is a new warning system program from Emergency Management.
Approval was granted to reduce Road #1084, Butternut Drive from 0.353 to 0.230, per landowners request.
Judge Osborne said there had been no bids on county surplus property that is for sale.
The resolution on the Transportation Cabinet and Municipal Aid money in the amount of $142,810 was accepted, and appropriated for the following roads: McKinster Branch, Blaine Creek, Old Fallsburg Road, Long Branch Road, and Greenbriar Road.
The economic development report was read by Coordinator, Catrina Vargo.
Highlights of the report noted the college project that Judge Osborne initiated last year is moving forward. Plans are in the works to form a large growth and development cooperative for the county in an effort to work together to move the area forward in all economic aspects.
East Park, the industrial park which Lawrence County is a part of in the FIVCO area is being addressed to make sure news of development projects and tax money from existing businesses are communicated correctly. Various tourism projects are being explored, and plans are underway to apply to the Kentucky State Main Street program which assists in revitalizing downtown areas.
Paul Yates, a volunteer firefighter with Fallsburg Volunteer Fire Dept., addressed the Fiscal Court about radio communication in certain areas of the county. He said there are some places where transmission is not available.
"On Diamond Ridge you can get out some, but it's not working at all in Fuller Ridge," said Yates.
The cost of implementing upgraded communication systems was brought up. Yates said he did not have any idea how much it would cost. Magistrate John Lemaster said, "You can't put a price on a life."
Sheriff Garrett Roberts said it is definitely something that needs to be looked at, as it is a problem in our infrastructure.
"All systems need to be operational" he said. Attorney Sean Perdue, with the County Attorney's Office said, "that's a problem in rural areas especially."
Judge Osborne said he would get with Emergency Services Director, Mike Woods to see what it would take to upgrade the system.
There were no further public comments and the meeting was adjourned.
The next Fiscal Court meeting will be Monday, Oct. 20, at 9:30 am in the Lawrence County Courthouse in downtown Louisa.
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